Motor vehicle crashes are traumatic events for the victims. Not only do they have to deal with the emotional and mental impacts that come with these crashes, but they also have to deal with the physical injuries that can happen.
While it’s possible that a crash will only result in minor injuries, it’s also possible that more serious injuries will occur. One of these catastrophic injuries is spinal cord damage. Individuals who have to deal with a spinal cord injury will quickly realize just how much life has changed.
Impacts of a spinal cord injury
The severity of a spinal cord injury depends on the location and type of the injury. Because the area of the body that’s affected by the spinal cord injury is lower than the level of damage, an injury higher up will affect more of the body. This means that a person who has a neck injury will probably have more effects than someone who has an injury in the small of their back.
Spinal cord injuries are either incomplete or complete. A complete injury is usually associated with permanent and serious impacts because the nerves in the affected area are fully severed. There are still nerves connected in an incomplete injury.
One thing that a person who has a spinal cord injury has to deal with is an increase in medical care. They’ll often have to see several specialists. They may also have to go through physical, occupational and speech therapy. All of this can take considerable time.
Seeking compensation enables you to try to recover the damages associated with the injuries you suffered in the crash. You only have a limited time to do this in New Jersey, so it’s best to seek legal guidance as soon as possible.